Welcome to Memory Keepers

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The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is focused on understanding the dynamics of diabetes and dementia as interacting conditions among people living in tribal and rural communities. Led by Dr. Neil Henderson (Oklahoma Choctaw), the team will work to preserve brain health by collaborative, community based research. The origin of the name,”Memory Keepers” Medical Discovery Team is significant. In many American Indian cultures, respected adults and elders of the tribe are responsible for preserving sacred medicine bundles, songs, and stories. By prevention and aggressive management of diabetes, the risk of vascular, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias can be reduced. In this spirit, the research to preserve brain health will enable American Indian communities to continue to benefit from the wisdom of their adults and elders far into the future.


Advancing the boundaries of health equity research to create innovative interventions to support healthy aging in American Indian and Rural populations.


The mission of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team is to support an environment of Team Science to conduct community-based participatory action research on diabetes and dementia in American Indian and rural communities with the aim of achieving health equity.